2013 NHL PREVIEW: PACIFIC DIVISION

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Finally, after months and months of everyone involved being morons, causing 113 days, 625 games, and the biggest outdoor hockey game in history to be cancelled, hockey fans can finally say “Game On!”  The NHL has a new 10-year labor agreement, and is set to start the shortened, 48 game 2013 season on Saturday, January 19.  Find out what you need to know about every team in the NHL for the upcoming season, this time featuring the Pacific Division.  Continue after the jump to find out where your team will finish.

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks pits Badger vs. Badger

Pavelski and Burish as teammates

by Peter Christian

The last time both Adam Burish and Joe Pavelski stepped on the same ice with this much on the line was April 8th, 2006. It was as teammates and linemates for the Wisconsin Badgers in the National Championship Game at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. I was there, but this story isn’t about me.

Now, a little more than 4 years later, both players are ready to battle for the Campbell Cup and the right to move on to play for the game’s ultimate prize, Lord Stanley’s Cup, aka The Greatest Trophy in all of sports. Of course, this time Burish and Pavelski won’t be looking to help each other on the ice. No, this time they’re on different lines, Blackhawks and Sharks, wearing different uniforms and in much different roles than they were for the Badgers when they both played their part in winning the national crown.

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